DES MOINES - Adam Nelson was honored at the US athletics championships on Sunday in recognition of the 2004 Olympic shot put gold he was awarded last month after Yuriy Bilonoh’s doping disqualification. Nelson had taken silver behind his Ukraine rival on August 18, 2004, in the ancient Olympic Stadium at Olympia, Greece. Although the actual gold medal had not yet arrived, USA Track and Field honored Nelson with a podium ceremony at Drake Stadium, where he donned a wreath and held a bouquet as the national anthem played, then took a victory lap with his wife and two small daughters. “Because it happened so long ago, the emotions are more subdued,” said Nelson, adding that receiving the gold at this late date nevertheless showed that integrity will eventually pay off.–AFP